REMEMBER THE PAST
The bronze statue of the craypot woman water bearer in the mall Darwin commemorates the founding of a ‘sister’ city.
She also stands in prominent locations in Kalymnos, reminding us of the hard work of the Greek Kalymnian mother in support of her family, yet in every description I read there is nothing mentioned to elaborate on the achievements of this hard working woman.
I will start by describing my mother whom I watched every day of my life not just keeping a household and family in order, but doing labour intensive work to manage and build our house and garden from scratch.
She immigrated to Darwin, Australia as a young woman and worked to make enough to buy a property.
Later she worked with her husband in extreme heat in ditches with the jack hammer until she surrendered the job when she found out she was pregnant with me, her first child.
Up to this day in her seventies she continues to upkeep the house that has grown with her and our family.
My grandmother in Kalymnos was also a hard worker and did much of the labour intensive work. The children, including my mother were shepherds and the family lived off the land.
There was a stream of freshwater on the island of Telendos where my mother grew up and water was collected.
Telendos was separated from Kalymnos during an earthquake and accessed by ‘kaiki’, a small Greek traditional boat. Everything was hand made from clothes and footwear, to blankets and rugs, and clay pots such as the craypot water bearer so graciously holds.
But the only mention of any achievements is that of the men. The streams of water are now gone and the island buys bottled water and Kalymnians collect water in plastic bottles from community taps.
So I now ask, what does this statue represent in modern times when we continuously deny mother nature’s hard work?
Fracking the NT, destroying Green corridors, polluting our waters, littering our beaches, single use plastic. How is any of this helping?
I now ask again to look at the statue and what it represents because answers can be found in history but not if politics change the symbolic meaning to suit their monetary gains.
Maria Grujicic, Ludmilla
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